Islands set to receive £4m boost

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to invest £4m in additional capital spending in the Outer Hebrides over the next two years, including £1m for Education and £800k for roads.

Other projects include £240k for new library vans, £240k for coast protection at Craigston and South Ford and £130k for culvert repairs on the road to Lews Castle.

The Comhairle has also allocated £340k for the replacement of Sport and Health equipment, with the old equipment made available to communities. £660k has been set aside as match funding for economic development or housing projects.

The allocation of funding follows a review of the Comhairle’s Capital programme with money available from additional capital grant and a reallocation of funding for existing capital projects.

Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell (pictured) said: “In the current financially challenging times it is vital that we use the money for capital projects in a way that provides maximum benefit. These schemes deliver on priorities whilst providing a boost to employment and improved infrastructure in the Islands.”